About Unitarian Universalism

The Unitarian Universalist Association of North America

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a religious organization that combines two traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They consolidated into the UUA in 1961.

Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and to the founders of the Republic. Overseas, their heritages reach back centuries to pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania.

Each of the 1,041 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas is democratic in polity and operation; it governs itself. They unite in the Association to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves. Each congregation is associated with one of the UUA’s 19 districts.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.

A good introduction to Unitarian Universalism and information for visitors can found on the UUA website. The Monthly Bulletins of the UUA provide up-to-date information about activities and events.

Regional Districts

The Unitarian Universalist Association in North America is organized into 19 regional Districts. The mission of the UUA Districts is to serve as a resource for local congregations and to help extend UU principles and influence in the larger community. Information and guidance are freely accessible on the full scope of congregational life including leadership, governance, worship, religious education, justice and diversity, fund raising and congregational growth. The Thomas Jefferson District (TJD) includes 71 churches in five states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). WUU is a member of this District and is invited to participate in meetings, workshops and various events throughout the year.

The District gatherings offer opportunities to develop leadership capabilities, exchange ideas, share resources, and build a network of enthusiastic UU friends. By participating at the District level, congregational members gain an increased sense of being connected to a larger spiritual community and develop partnerships with others who are actively living the UU values. Information for TJD leaders is published regularly in the TJD Leaders UPDATE archived on the TJD website.